genetics

Age and high BMI associated with sperm cell irregularities

New research suggests that abnormalities associated with aging sperm cells might be exacerbated by elevated body mass index.


Science careers are made here

There is a unique combination of people and resources at the U with no barrier between wilderness and work.


Study tracks spread of young-onset heart arrhythmia across continents

Understanding geographic distribution, ancestry of disease could help identify people who are at risk.


Skeletons of domestic pigeons facing each other. The left skeleton has a short beak, the right one has a long beak.

Darwin’s short-beak enigma solved

A mutation in the ROR2 gene is linked to beak size reduction in numerous breeds of domestic pigeons. Surprisingly, mutations in ROR2 also underlie a human disorder called Robinow syndrome.


New CRISPR-based technology speeds identification of genes involved in health, disease

The method, called MIC-Drop, enables rapid screening of hundreds of genes in a single experiment.


Partners in Crime: Genetic collaborators in a rare disease

Collaborator genes may influence severity of a rare disease, NGLY1 deficiency.


Discovering the genetics of suicide risk

Discovery could lead to better prediction of suicide risk within families.


A genius in our midst: U of U Health geneticist awarded prestigious MacArthur Fellowship

Elde, an evolutionary geneticist, lauded for his creativity and wide-ranging intellectual curiosity.


Gene discovery leads to next-generation experimental therapy for ALS

Efforts to understand the genetics of neurological diseases leads to a potential treatment.


Silencing the booming chorus

From 2007 to 2009, a yellow fever virus outbreak nearly decimated El Parque El Piñalito’s howler monkey populations. Exposure to a past virus may have aided brown howlers’ survival.